Public Hearing On Pot Bill

The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee has scheduled an informational hearing for August 21, 2013 on the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act. This bill is sponsored by Senator Perry Clark, Senator Denise Harper-Angel and Senator Kathy Stein, and has been held up in the Senate Judicial Committee since 2012. Although informational this hearing will be the first held by the Assembly to consider the effects of medical marijuana legalization on the State and it’s citizens.
As word of the hearing has circulated, especially on the internet, supporters are making plans to either testify or to be in Frankfort to support those who do. Many here have long pushed for Kentucky to revive it’s hemp industry and this bill will go a long way to reestablish the medical part of the hemp industry. Kentucky was the center of hemp production for both the industrial and medical uses of cannabis and should be again!
Can you imagine the jobs created? Consider let’s say a medical marijuana dispensary owned by an enterprising citizen. It’s open 930 am till 9 pm and uses a staff of 20 people. Depending on the number of dispensaries, and there are more than 400 in the Los Angeles area, and you are employing roughly 8000 people. This doesn’t include those employed in wholesale or production facilities. One has to admit, that’s a lot of people generating huge amounts of economic activity. Imagine that half of those 8000 employed have mortgages of 250,000 dollars. Times 4000 and we are talking about a billion dollars in economic activity! This does not include the money these families will be spending just taking care of the needs of everyday life.
Even if you might never use marijuana in your life, you should support legalizing marijuana in Kentucky. The financial benefits and employment opportunities resulting from legalization far outweigh any of the propaganda inspired reasons the Federal Government gives for keeping up the failed policy of prohibition. We no longer have to support this policy at the State level and the time has come to let our legislators know it.
If you support ending marijuana prohibition for medical uses then attend the hearing in Frankfort on August 21st. If you cannot attend then write your State Senators and Representatives and urge them to support and pass the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act. The push begins now and supporters say 2014 will be the year medical marijuana will be legal in Kentucky.

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